With the summer holidays almost upon us, every self-respecting hipster will no doubt have some cool ideas of what to do with their time off.
Of course, the current restrictions on overseas travel and regular changes of traffic light colours may get in the way of some of those ambitions. That city break or trip to some far-flung place will just have to wait.
At the same time, with lots of Covid cases here as well, a little bit more social distancing may not be the worst option, especially if it means doing some walking in England’s green and pleasant land. What better reason could there be to buy vintage backpacks and enjoy a hotter than usual summer?
We have certainly had a few summers in recent years when the idea of a staycation with lots of long walks in the countryside did not seem a great idea, the worst being in 2012. But this years has clearly decided to serve up a few treats.
Naturally, the Cotswolds themselves are a great option, if you enjoy rolling hills and lush meadows rather than dragging yourself up towering mountains in places like the Lake District, Wales or Scotland.
Some might want to try a long-distance path, with many superb options across the country. You could try an historic boundary like the Hadrian’s Wall Path or Offa’s Dyke, or perhaps enjoy some seaside scenery such as the Cornish Coastal Path or the Pembrokeshire Coast.
On the other hand, you don’t have to do what everyone else does. You can always reach for the map and work out your own route.
Whichever place you choose to spend this summer, a classy backpack will offer you a fashionable yet practical way of carrying some snacks, suncream, drinks and whatever else you might need to enjoy the simple pleasures of a sunny day in the British countryside.